Deborah Spungen (born 1937) is the mother of Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious, who became known for her autobiography And I Don't Want to Live This Life which details life with her late daughter.

Her autobiography tells how she raised Nancy (1958–1978), describing her as disturbed from a young age, and also covers her own life following Nancy's murder in regard to her and her family's treatment by the judicial system and the press. She began the Philadelphia-based nonprofit FMV, Families of Murder Victims[1], soon after Nancy's death in order to cope with her tragedy, and later obtained a Master's Degree in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College.


Deborah Spungen, born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia, has been the owner of a natural foods store, a direct mail consultant, a member of the Philadelphia Crime and Elderly Coalition, and founded the Philadelphia chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.[citation needed]

In 1998, she wrote another book, Homicide: The Hidden Victims.[citation needed]

Spungen's husband, Frank died on July 2, 2010 at the age of 76.[1][2] In addition to Nancy, the couple had two other children, Susan and David.[citation needed]

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